Sep 18, 2012 8:00pm PDT
. and there is a reason for it. there is a growing but shadowy anti-muslim network in the united states and in europe that actively promoting the fear of muslims in our society. they're good at it. they make a lot of money at it. it contributes to the way that, unfortunately, many americans view muslims. >> eliot: do you feel that this concerted effort -- i'll take as a premise of this question even though you would have to prove the point to me, if this group exists, is it fundamentally different than other groups that existed opinions about catholics or jews or any other religious group that was new to the united states or that from which people felt a threat in some form? >> certainly, you know, we've sign this type of fearmongerring before. we saw it with catholics. we saw it with jews. we saw it with communists even. the reason that people are making the claim that michele bachmann's anti-muslim witch-hunt in congress harks back to the day of joseph mccarthy because we've experienced the bouts of hate before. the r
Sep 25, 2012 8:00pm PDT
is not a challenge that can be contained and that's why the united states will do what we must to prevent iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. >> eliot: the president also spoke out against human trafficking in a speech at the clinton global initiative. a little earlier, it was mitt romney who basked in the former president clinton's presence before rapped sizing over plans to help developing nations with prosperity packs. >> working with the private sector, the program will identify the barriers to investment and trade and entrepreneurship and entrepreneurialism in developing nations. and in exchange for removing the barriers and opening their markets to u.s. investment and trade, developing nations will receive u.s. assistance packages. >> eliot: romney said in a typical dig against president obama he would never apologize for america as fact checkers have shown the president hasn't but never mind the facts. after leaving new york, romney joined congressman ryan in ohio for two days of campaign and according to the latest "
Sep 21, 2012 8:00pm PDT
that comment to take a jab at a florida rally. >> romney: the president of the united states said he can't change washington from the inside. isn't that amazing. no wonder why he has had such a hard time over the years. >> eliot: perhaps romney forgot he made an identical comment in 2008. >> i don't think you change washington from the inside. i think you change it from the outside. >> eliot: david axelrod put it best on the "today" show. >> the fact that romney picked up on it and attacked him on it shows he's cascading from one attack to another. >> eliot: the attacks are falling flat, listen to the response that paul ryan got from the aarp conference when he attacked the affordable care act act. >> the first step to a stronger medicare is to repeal obama-care. [ booing ] >> because it represents the worse of both worlds. i had a feeling there would be mixed reaction, so let me get into it. it weakens care for today's seniors and puts risk for the next generation. >> eliot: he brought his retired mother with him. don't do that to your mom. next time leave her at home rather than subje
Aug 31, 2012 8:00pm PDT
to test us. >> it began with a triple-a credit rating for the united states and ends in a down grade of america. >> eliot: for more i'm joined by former senior adviser to president clinton 1996 re-election and by political reporter joe williams. joe, let me go to you. you're down in dc, in the center of the political media. is the media finally standing up and saying we're not going to repeat these claims you're making without telling the public many of them are outright false. >> well, i think the media is starting to get it because there are some claims that are too bold and too bald to let go past. it's a been a little while to take a number of these things and add up before people catch on and say they're lying deliberately. but now you have a different phenomena. the right wing have their own watchdogs and they're pushing back against the actual fact. you have a dynamic here where they're not only creating falsehoods but creating their own reality against people who are calling them out for creating their own reality. it's very bizarre and i've seening in like it. >> eliot: you